logo-torontologo-canadiensPreview Game #40

Canadiens vs. Toronto

Air Canada Centre – Jan. 7, 2017 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Canadiens 39GP (24-9-6) 54pts. First in Atlantic Division. Toronto 38GP (18-12-8) 44pts. Tied with Ottawa and Boston for 2nd in Atlantic Division.

Season Series – Third of four meetings. Oct. 29th @Bell Centre – Canadiens-2 Toronto-1. Galchenyuk; Weber PPG. Kadri for Toronto. Price stops 37 of 38 shots. Nov. 19th @ Bell Centre Canadiens-2 Toronto-1. Byron, Galchenyuk PPG. Nylander for Toronto. Price stops 31 of 32 shots.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens 5-3-2 Toronto 7-1-2

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road 9-6-4. Toronto at Home – 8-3-1.

1-tor-paciorettHead-to-Head

….The Canadiens have won 12 consecutive games versus Toronto and 13 of the last 15. Eight of the 12 straight wins have been decided one goal; four in either overtime or shootout.

….The Canadiens have won nine of he last eleven games at the Air Canada Centre.

….The last time Toronto beat the Canadiens was January 18, 2014 – 5-3. It was also the last time Toronto beat the Canadiens at the Air Canada Centre.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have played in 24 one-goal games this season. In those their record is 12-6-6.

….The Canadiens have trailed after two periods in fourteen games this season. They have come back to win six of them and managed at least a point in eight (5-6-3)

….Because of the so-called “loser points” in the two overtime losses, the Canadiens will finish their seven game road trip with an over-.500 record – eight of a possible 12 points (3-1-2). Last year’s holiday road trip was eight games in length during which the Canadiens were2-6-0. Two years ago it was 5-0-0 in five games.

….Since early December the Canadiens road record is 5-1-3 – the only loss in regulation time 2-1 in Columbus to start the seven game road trip which ends in Toronto. The Canadiens were 4-5-1 in their first ten road games this season.

….Nikita Scherbak, the Canadiens 2014 first round draft choice (26th), will make his NHL debut. The 21 year old right wing has 10 goals, 10 assists in 27 games at St. John’s this season. He will wear #38 and is slotted to start on a fourth line with Mike McCarron and Bobby Farnham.

1-tor-petry….The Canadiens have eight players on their roster who started their season with the AHL St. John’s IceCaps.

….Alexander Radulov has three goals and six points in his last five games.

….Max Pacioretty has 13 goals and 18 points in his last 15 games. He had five goals in the first 24 games of the season.

….Jeff Petry is tied for fourth in goals by defensemen with eight. Shea Weber‘s ten goals is second in the league (Brent Burns leads with 15). With an assist on the GWG in Dallas Petry now has 5 goals, 5 assists in his last twelve games.

….After going ten games without a point Weber has posted 2 goals, 4 assists his last seven game and 2g, 3a his last five.

….Nathan Beaulieu has 1 goals, 4 assists his last four games.

….Alexei Emelin is second in the league in ‘hits’ with 131.

….Sven Andrighetto was recalled from St. John’s on Thursday (along with Scherbak). It was the sixth time his contract has been shifted back and forth between the Canadiens and the IceCaps since Dec. 22nd.

….The Canadiens have seven players out with injuries. With this game they will reach 119 man-games lost through 16 injuries.

….Last year at this time, the Canadiens had only three on their injury list; Carey Price, Tom Gilbert and Dale Weise. By season’s end there were 34 different injuries amounting to 348 man-games.

1-tor-galchAbout the Leafs

….This the second of back-to-back games for the Leafs who defeated New Jersey 4-2 Friday night at Newark.

….The last four Toronto games have gone to overtime. Eight of their last nine have been decided by a goal.

….Toronto has gained at least a point in ten of the last 14 games. Seven of those were wins.

….Toronto has eight rookies on it’s roster. Three of their top four scorers are rookies – Auston Matthews (20g, 34pts.); Mitch Marner 10g, 29pts); William Nylander (8g, 26pts)

.Auston Matthews was named NHL’s first star of the week ending January first after registering 4 goals and 6 points in three games. At the same time he was named Rookie of the Month for December. ….Matthews has a seven game points streak (6g, 5a).

….Since Nov. 24th when Matthews came out of a slump, Matthews has led the league with 15 goals in 19 games. In a current eight game points streak hs has 7 goals, five assists.

….Toronto has allowed 2.81 goals per game – 20th in the league.

….Toronto is getting mileage from it’s special teams. Their power play is ranked 8th in the league and their penalty killing is 6th. Their special teams are plus-6.

1-tor-goalGoaltending

….Carey Price will make his 29th start of the season. His record is 19-5-4 with two shutouts, a 2.02 GAA and .930save%.

….In 35 career stars vs. Toronto Price is 21-13-1 with 4 shutouts, a 2/46GAA and .923 save%.

….On the road this season Price is 5-2-2 with a 2.28GAA and .922save%.

….This will be Price‘s fourth start in the seven game road trip. He has given up 9 goals on 94 shots in three starts since Dec. 22nd – a .904 save percentage. All three of his starts have gone into overtime (1-0-2)

….Frederik Anderson will appear in back-to-back games for the third time his season.

….Anderson has won five of his last six starts with a 2.44GAA and .930%.

….This will be Anderson‘s 33rd appearance of the season. His record is 17-8-7 with 1 shutout; 2.81GAA and .920save%.

….Anderson has made three career appearances against the Canadiens including both games this season. His career record vs. Montreal s 1-2-0; 1.70GAA and .940save%. This season he is 0-2-0 losing both games by 2-1 scores.

Special Teams Power Play – Canadiens ranked 12th (25/122) 20.5%. Toronto ranked 8th (26/121) 21.4%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 20th (27/140) 80.7%. Toronto ranked 6th (19/128) 85.2%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov

43-Daniel Carr 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn

62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec Sven Andrighetto

44-Bobby Farnham 34-Mike McCarron 38-Nikita Scherbak

74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber

28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry

89-Ryan Johnston 45-Mark Barberio

31-Carey Price

Injuries – LW Paul Byron (concussion); RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken hand); D -Andrei Markov (groin); RW Andrew Shaw (concussion); C Alex Galchenyuk (IR knee); C David Desharnais (IR knee); D Greg Pateryn (IR broken foot)

Scratches – D Zach Redmond; RW Chris Terry

Toronto Forward Lines & Pairings

47-Leo Komarov 43-Nazem Kadri 29-William Nylander

11-Zach Hyman 34-Auston Matthews 12-Connor Brown

25-James van Riemsdyk 42-Tyler Bozak 16-Mitch Marner

15-Matt Martin 33-Frederik Gauthier 26-Nikita Soshnikov

44-Morgan Rielly 22-Nikita Zaitsev

51-Jake Gardiner 8-Connor Carrick

2-Matt Hunwick 46-Roman Polak

31-Frederik Andersen

Injuries – RW Ben Smith (IR hand surgery); D Martin Marancin (IR lower body); D Stephane Robidas (IR knee); LW Joffrey Lupul (IR conditioning); RW Nathan Horton (LTIR spine)

Scratches – D Frank Corrado; LW Josh Leivo